Should you commit now – by grabbing one of the early booking deals for next summer, or even an Easter escape? Or should you wait for political and economic uncertainties to blow over? January has always been the busiest month for holiday sales, when operators, airlines and agents spend the heaviest chunk of their marketing budgets to persuade us to snap up early-booking incentives for packages, airfares and accommodation. But this year the atmosphere is slightly different. With the stock market crashing in the run-up to Christmas, the pound in a long-term slump and even the basic details of Brexit still unresolved, I have never known a January hedged about by such uncertainty. Despite all this, my core advice remains the same as it has been for previous years (with one or two special caveats for Easter, which I’ll come to later). In essence, don’t let temporary uncertainties put you off. This is still the best time to book many types of holiday. If you … [Read more...] about Is January really the best time to book your summer holiday?
Nearly two decades ago, Priceline.com was the poster child of the U.S. internet stock frenzy before the bursting of the dot-com bubble erased most of its market value.Its comeback has been spectacular, even if both its name and the name-your-own-price business model it pioneered are all but gone. Now called Booking Holdings Inc., it is once again one of America’s most valuable technology companies. And it is making a large bet on another frothy market: China’s crowded online travel space.Its new name is derived from its 2005 purchase of Amsterdam-based portal Booking.com, which lists accommodations in more than 200 countries. It was the most successful in a series of acquisitions that also included booking site Agoda and travel search engine Kayak that has helped the company’s stock climb for years. Its market capitalization topped $100 billion earlier this year — up from less than $200 million in 2001. Even after the recent selloff in tech stocks, Booking is … [Read more...] about Booking, formerly Priceline, is investing heavily in Chinese travel startups
Ellen Piligian Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 6, 2019 Among the 20 titles on this year’s Michigan Notable Books list are a history of Faygo pop, two nationally recognized books chronicling the Flint water crisis, a memoir by the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, a book about wild rice harvesting in Northern Michigan, a story of how the Detroit Red Wings built a championship team with players from Soviet Russia, a fairy tale for children about a Lake Michigan mermaid and a recipe book filled with stories by the founder of Sister Pie bakery. Riley, who’s been with the MNB program nearly 18 years and is on the selection committee of librarians, booksellers, reviewers and educators, says the criteria is simple. The books, published in the previous year, must either be about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or be by a Michigan author. More: Father, son bond writing U.P. bars book and it … [Read more...] about Red Wings, Betty Ford books among Michigan Notable Books 2019 winners
Family: A silk painting by painter Cát Tường featuring his wife Nguyễn thị Nội and their first daughter Nguyễn Cát Minh Nguyệt in 1940. Photos thethaovanhoa.vn Viet Nam News By Trần Hoàng Nam Many people agree that the áo dài tân thời (modern traditional long dress) or Le Mur long dress designed by painter Nguyễn Cát Tường (1912-1946) is symbolic of Vietnamese women. Though it appeared rather late in history, in 1934, it rapidly spread throughout Việt Nam and the whole of Indochina. A reference book titled Áo Dài Le Mur và Bối Cảnh Phong Hóa & Ngày Nay (Le Mur Long Dress and Its Birth through Phong Hóa and Ngày Nay Newspapers) by Phạm Thảo Nguyên explores the fashion icon. The book will be released soon by Khai Tâm Books and Hồng Đức Publishers. The book includes three main … [Read more...] about Book exploring modern áo dài published
By Gabrielle Banks Updated 5:09 pm CST, Thursday, January 3, 2019 Angelina reads a book to children during the monthly Drag Queen Story Time at Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library, Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Houston. Angelina reads a book to children during the monthly Drag Queen Story Time at Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library, Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer Photo: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 Angelina reads a book to children during the monthly Drag Queen Story Time at Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library, Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Houston. Angelina reads a book to children during the monthly Drag Queen Story Time at Freed-Montrose Neighborhood … [Read more...] about Federal judge closes book on Houston’s drag queen story hour lawsuit by conservatives